Running and Mental Illness

Depression and Running

Running has always been my way to deal with depression and anxiety. It can complement, but not take the place of, medical treatment. That being said, there are some interesting articles about the benefits of running as part of one’s therapy for mental healing.

Jenny Hadfield, “What Runners Need to Know About Depression,” Runner’s World, March 11, 2015.

Jan Eickmeyer, “Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Odds of Depression,” Runner’s World, November 19, 2013.

Some articles about the benefits of running and depression, and running and anxiety:

The Mayo Clinic, “Depression and Anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms.”

Sarah Knapton, “Exercise detoxes body of depressive chemicals, scientists find,” The Telegraph (UK), September 25, 2014.

Graeme Cowan, “3 Ways to Beat Depression Through Exercise,” PsychCentral, January 15, 2014.

Gretchen Reynolds, “How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety,” The New York Times, July 3, 2013.

Margarita Tartakovsky, “3 Tips for Using Exercise to Shrink Anxiety,” World of Psychology, July 16, 2013.

Some personal reflections on running and depression:

Daniele Seiss, “When Drugs and Therapy Didn’t Cure Depression, Woman Finds that Running Did,” The Washington Post, September 15, 2009.

Jen A. Miller, “Running as Therapy,” The New York Times, March 20, 2014.

Not everyone finds that running helps them, but a lot of people do. Good luck with your running.

ADHD and Running

I was diagnosed with ADHD (predominantly inattentive) later in life. Certainly, the diagnosis explains a lot of things about me and my childhood – especially my excessive daydreaming. Exercise is another way to manage my ADHD. It helps calm my mind down.

Kaleidescope Society, “ADHD in Women 101”

Maria Yagoda, “ADHD Is Different for Women,” The Atlantic, April 3, 2013


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